Purslane---seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, AZ
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Question by beide1
February 15, 1998
Several years ago a plant marketed during the summer months was called Purslane---it was very similar in apperance to the weed purslane however it had fuller stems and leaves and it had several different colors of flowers. It is a low-growing, prostrate plant, and seemed to be very drought tolerant but also very showy. I saw it used in pots and beds during the very hot summers of Phoenix, but I never have seen seeds advertised. Occasionally during the summer I do see the plants for sale. Are you familiarwith this plant and if so do you know where seeds are available?

Answer from NGA
February 15, 1998
There are several types of edible purslane grown as a salad green. However, I wonder if you are talking about what is commonly called portulaca. (The botanical name of purslane is Portulaca oleracea; it seems the edible and weedy types are commonly referred to as purslane, while the type grown for flowers is called portulaca.)

Burpee sells two types of portulaca--a bright magenta variety called 'Giant Pink Radiance' and a mix of bright colors called 'Sundial Hybrid Mix'. (See page 46 of the current catalog.) The mix is available as seeds; the magenta variety is available as transplants.

Portulaca is great for dry, sunny areas and poor soil, and is also good for hanging baskets.

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